This weekend I got out my most colourful leggings and I hiked 12kms for Black Dog Institute – Day One of my virtual Larapinta Trek Challenge. I was meant to be trekking it IRL but the Sydney lockdown happened and the trek has had to be postponed to April 2022. But as the purpose of the trek was to raise awareness and funds for Black … Continue reading Larapinta Trek virtual challenge 2021
Days 6 and 7 of our Cambodia Cycle Challenge were different to the rest of our time here. For one, we didn’t do any cycling! We did, however, connect with our purpose – the reason we all embarked on this fundraising adventure, which was to support the work of IJM and learn more about the issue of modern slavery. We had the incredible opportunity on … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – why we came to Cambodia
We started the 5th day of our Cycle Challenge with mixed feelings – excited to complete the last leg of our ride, but also a bit sad that this part of our trip would be coming to an end. Because although it has been hard work (this final day was particularly challenging!), it has also been incredible. We would miss saying hello each day to … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – 620 steps and the final 50kms!
Day 4 of our Cambodia Cycle Challenge provided the opportunity to spend time in Cambodian homes and local businesses in the Battambang area and gain insight into the daily life of Cambodians in the countryside. For today’s 50km ride we partnered with a local social enterprise, Soksabike, which provides vocational training and job opportunities to local youths. We were joined by 2 knowledgeable student guides … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – rice wine, bamboo sticky rice and floating villages
Our cycling for Day 3 started in Battambang, a small city about a 3 and a half hour bus journey from Siem Reap. It is the second largest city in Cambodia, and yet was off the tourist trail until relatively recently. Our guide, Lot, told us to expect a relatively quiet city, but we discovered on arrival that our trip coincides with the regions celebrations … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – bamboo trains, rickety bridges and a home-cooked dinner
Our second day of cycling in Cambodia was the one that worried us the most in the lead up to our adventure. It’s our longest day – 80kms, and for novice cyclists, which we all are, we knew it was going to be a long, hard day. What we didn’t know, was that it was also going to be pretty damn awesome! We started … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – An epic 80kms!
After months of training and fundraising, today Team W+K started our 5-day Cycle Challenge across Cambodia. We started early (4.45am!) so we could make our way to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. It was incredible. An inspiring start to the day! As the crowds of tourists returned to their hotels for breakfast, we took the opportunity to explore Angkor Wat in relative peace. Then … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – Temples, Dirt Tracks & a Stunning Sunrise
Its been almost a week since the W+K team completed the Maasai Mara half marathon and I apologise for the lateness of this report – after the run I headed across to Mt Kenya to complete the second leg of my trifecta of fundraising challenges and I have only just resurfaced. I have mentioned to anyone who would listen that the Maasai Mara half marathon … Continue reading WK Kenya 2016 – Maasai Mara Marathon race report!
Today was tough. We visited the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp where the So They Can journey started in 2009. Despite huge improvements in the camp over the past 7 years, it was still an extremely confronting experience. I have spoken many times in recent months about So They Can’s core purpose – to empower women and children through education so that they can escape … Continue reading WK Kenya 2016 – A big dose of reality
At the end of 2015, Wotton + Kearney started sponsoring the education and feeding of Joyce Wambui, a 7 year old girl who lives in Kenya and attends the Aberdare Ranges Primary School (a school established and run by So They Can). Our sponsorship of Joyce was really the start of our partnership with So They Can. It was through understanding the difference the child … Continue reading WK Kenya 2016 – Abigael and Joyce